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Review Of 2013

After riding the crest of a wave at the end of a monumental 2012 not even in my wildest dreams could I predict what an eventful and emotional roller coaster of a ride 2013 was going to be! Where do I start?

You would think after all that success in the year before things would come a little easier. The expected burst of new owners with top class canine talent banging on our door never happened and if I'm brutally honest that was disappointing, so much so that at the start of the year we had around 70 race dogs but by the end of the year we have only around 40 which really makes what we have achieved this year in winning a 5th Trainer Of The a Year Championship all the more unbelievable! Along the way staff have come and gone and I owe so much to the loyal staff who surround me and to my wife Sarah and mother in law Linda without whom none of our success would be possible.

Yes a 5th Trainers Championship wow! one that has seen a different leader each month for the last six or seven months of the year and the battle between ourselves Charlie Lister, Paul Young and Chris Allsopp has seen us all trade at odds on with the sponsors Ladbrokes at some point in the year. With only six or seven weeks of the year left and over a 100 points behind the leaders we were actually quoted at 25/1 to retain our title but a stupendous November and December saw us amazingly win the title by a clear 76 points, the performances of Reel Trickyone, Adageo Bob and Bridge Honcho to name but a few were truly brilliant in that time.

A historic achievement for the kennel was reached early in December as Reel Trickyone landed our kennels 50th Category 1 title when winning the Coral Essex Vase. Since Linda trained Honky Tonk Gal to win the same race back in 1999, I have been fortunate to have been involved in all 50 victories including two Greyhound Derby winners and I was struggling to hold my emotions as I held Reel Trickyone on the podium that monumental night!

Baran BugattiAfter a good start to the year we were rocked by some injuries to top class dogs as the season progressed. Losing dogs like Castlebride Dan, who I actually fancied to go a long way in the Derby, and Glanmire Lad was a real blow to our kennel. Glanmire Lad's short but very good career came to an end after sustaining a broken hock when leading a hot 400m race at Romford. Benkaat BoyOf course injuries will always play a part in our sport and like those above the greyhounds can be fixed to make great pets but we had more than our fair share in 2013 - Planning, Benkaat Boy and Baran Bugatti were other top performers to be forced into retirement far too early while high profile runners Garryglass Rodge and Benkaat Nero, both owned by a luckless Dan Daley, have missed a large part of the season through long term injuries.

 

If that was not enough owner Peter Bridge's two superstars Bridge Honcho and Bridge Ruth suffered career ending injuries in the very last week of the season. Both won top class competitions and races in 2013 but that is small consolation as both had a lot more to offer on the track in 2014.

As well as an injury hit season we have said goodbye on the track to 2011/2012 stalwarts Lil Risky, Jazz Apollo and Blonde Reagan and what brilliant dogs they have been for Imperial Kennels, all irreplaceable. We suffered two spells of poor form that had many critics saying we were on the slide and couldn't win the Trainers title. Our 2012 Owner Of The Year Mark Currell decided half way through the season that he needed a break from the sport and was to sell his current crop of greyhounds, respectful of his wishes it was still a huge blow to our kennel.

So what were the highs of 2013? after all we secured 1027 points only 188 less than 2012 where we won a Derby, St Leger and a TV Trophy amongst others. We had 218 open race winners in total again only 34 less than 2012 and remember this year we had no Sky in place until March and the open race scene was vary bare in the first two months of the year. In any trainer's books winning four Category 1's, four Category 2's and 6 Category 3's in a year would be incredible but I suppose after 2012 we would only be described as reasonably successful. To me we have achieved this under immense pressure and without such depth in quality and numbers as in previous years and that's something we can be proud of more than anything.

Bridge Ruth was an inspiration all year, so good sometimes, so unlucky others, a major title looked likely to elude her but if there was one track built for her then that track is Hove and in the Brighton Belle she showed just how good she is with a scintillating 7 1/2 length success in a flying 29.44 calc. As much as two or three of our kennel stars won bigger races she is our website's choice for our Greyhound Of The Year.

There can be no doubt Reel Trickyone is a close second and would win by a mile if he had had another month earlier in the year like December. A Category 1 title in the Essex Vase at the start of the month was followed up by the Category 2 Henlow Cesarewitch at the end of the month. Believe me this clever little dog knows he's no.1 in the kennel at present as he struts around the place with his head held high!

Blonde BobbyAdageo Bob (formerly Blonde Bobby) along with Blonde Razor were two of Mark Currell's higher profile dogs put up for sale and after a month of no takers, with a few forumites saying they were only expensive graders, Dick and Ann Barfoot of Glanmire Lad fame stepped in to buy the pair of them. They were quickly rewarded with a plethora of wins and trophies by both but most importantly Adageo Bob won their second Category 1 almost a year to the day since Glanmire Lad won the Romford Puppy Cup for them. In a nail biting finish he just got up on the line to take the inaugural British Breeders Stakes at Nottingham sparking a superb run of form for the kennel. A brave runner up to Reel Trickyone in the Essex Vase last month must make him the bargain buy of the year in the whole sport, and there will be more to come in 2014! Despite having his moments we still haven't seen the best of Blonde Razor yet but I'm positive he can be a big race winner!

Hometown Honey

Hometown Honey was immense in our Trainer Of The Year battle winning our first Category 1 of the year at Sunderland. After a thrilling finish to the William Hill Grand Prix she dead heated with Ted Soppit's Calzaghe Lilly. When she is in form she is as good as any stayer in the country, as scalps of superstars like Farloe Tango proves, and her wins in December were crucial, she should still be a force in 2014.

 

Bridge HonchoBridge Honcho is the fairytale story of 2014 as well documented. Brilliantly fast he came back from a broken tibia bone last December to record some stunning trials. His racing comeback has been hit and miss and it looked as if that Category 1 success was beyond hi. A finalist in the Sussex Cup and the East Anglian Derby were great efforts and eliminations in the first rounds of the Derby, All England Cup and Olympic were all unlucky. It seemed his best chances had gone but a victory in a hot heat of the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham was followed up with destructive semi-final win. Still not over fancied in a class final containing Category 1 winners he popped out the boxes and cleared the dangers at the first bend, staying on strongly he crossed the line over 3 lengths to the good in a stunning 29.29 winning a first ever Category 1 for his delighted owner Peter Bridges, most definitely the performance of the year from our kennel. Obviously losing him and Ruth from the track doesn't bear thinking about.

Garryglass RodgeOthers of note have to be Aayamzabella who was unfortunate to come to the fore in a very hot marathon division this year but she still had her moments and broke three track records at Coventry and more notably Newcastle and Sittingbourne. Not yet three years old she should still be a major player in the 2014 TV Trophy.Ayamzaman Aero Twizzle has shown awesome early pace and he could be a real force in the sprinting division in 2014. Bridge Bandit won plenty of races without being noticed this year. Jazz Tilly had some fine moments and Ayamzaman, though lacking that vital yard of pace of old, still notched up plenty of wins. Murlens Crash was an unexpected hero in December when we needed one. Garryglass Rodge was much talked about in 2013 but injury has meant he hasn't reached his full potential yet, he may well do that in 2014 and still remains our main Derby hope as we stand today.

As for the industry as a whole, in November I decided to take a step back from the politics of the sport. I relinquished my roles on the GTA and GBGB Committees to concentrate on our business that at one point seemed like it was in real trouble but hopefully we are now going the right way. Trying to balance the books as a greyhound trainer is nigh on impossible and I feel I have done my bit for the cause and have to leave that part to others now. I did find the GBGB side of things a real eye opener and can see things from both sides of the fence. To me if anything goes wrong in our business the buck stops with me and I know it, I wish the same could be said for the GBGB. To me our leadership at the top has to take a leaf out of my book and give up other things to concentrate solely on the job in hand. The main part of that job is to negotiate with offshore bookmakers and make them understand that we have a seriously underfunded industry, and that it is an industry that gives them loads of turnover and decent profit margins!

Congratulations are in order to James Wilkinson (Jim's Dogs 1) for winning our popular 5 To Follow competition and bad luck to Jay Currell who led til near the line!!! Well done Sid for winning the Staff comp again!!! Amazingly our Website recommended bets showed a small loss overall of 33.5 pts which is a first in all the years since we started though the ante post selections for competitions did show a small profit! (Must try harder in 2014!)

Finally I again would like to say thank you to my full time staff Pete and Sid for all their hard work, to my wife Sarah who as I said makes it all go smoothly and to Linda for all her help. Thanks to Kevin and Helen for always being on hand and thanks to my weekend girls Ria and Tash. We thank Gary and Cheryl for their work earlier in the year and wish them well in the future and huge appreciation to our physio Ron Mills who continues to make that difference between being a winner or an also ran. A big thank you to Mick and Maureen who produce this stunning website and run our Racing Club and it goes without saying a massive thank you to our loyal owners who stick by us through thick and thin which just leaves me to say HAPPY NEW YEAR for 2014 to all our readers and supporters!

Mark Wallis

 

Here is my month by month summary:-

JANUARY

Darian Chief

A great start to the year as our first open race runner of 2013 LIL RISKY wins a sprint at Henlow.

Carden TwilightThe Coronation Cup kicks off at Romford amongst uncertainty about open racing with no Sky broadcast in place, consequently the thought of many top competitions that could be lost without Sky could have serious implications on the sport. DARIAN CHIEF wins Coronation Cup Semi-final at a juicy 20/1 and we qualify 3 runners for the Category 2 final with CARDEN TWILIGHT best of ours finishing second to Mays Millhouse.

 

A brilliant GBGB awards night at the London Lancaster Hotel sees our stars of 2012 pick up 5 of the categories:-

LIL RISKY - British Bred
BLONDE REAGAN- Stayer
BLONDE REAGAN - Marathon
BLONDE SNAPPER - Standard
BLONDE SNAPPER - GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR

Also I pick up the Trainer Of The Year award and Mark Currell picks up the Owner Of The Year award to complete a night that might never be repeated.

Our open racers tick over nicely and we lead the early leaderboard for the TOTY (Trainer Of The Year) at the end of the month.

FEBRUARY

Bridge BanditBrilliant news as Tom Kelly (Bags Chairman) brokers a deal to bring Greyhound racing back on Sky in an SIS/Bags produced show which basically means if the production costs are met Sky were happy to broadcast it. Great news as the major competitions can now be scheduled.

Disappointment for the kennel as BLONDE REAGAN ante-post favourite for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket is knocked out in the first round. JAZZ TILLY took off in a Maiden Stayers at Romford winning by a wide margin in a flying 35.21 while BRIDGE RUTH shows how fast she is winning an open at Hove in a quick 29.61.

Great end to the month as BRIDGE BANDIT leads all the way to win the Category 2 Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy at Crayford over 540m following our 2011 triumph with Aero Joker. This win enables us to be just behind early leader Danny Riordan (courtesy of their Golden Jacket victory) in the TOTY table.

MARCH

A good start to the month as both CASTLEBRIDE DAN 480m and AAYAMZABELLA (892m) break the track records at Coventry on their regular open race nights. Coventry's promoter Harry Findlay leads the way in open race prize money.

In the first Ladbrokes Festival at Monmore JAZZ TILLY (2nd) and BLONDE REAGAN (3rd) run well in the Category 2 Spring Festival 630m behind Barrie Draper's Ballyard Buddy while BENKAAT BLUE is 2nd in the Spring Festival Dogs 480m.

Benkaat BlueOur kennel is running well and BRIDGE RUTH scores well in a supporting open at Wimbledon on the debut production of the SIS/Bags broadcast on Sky where Ballymac Eske is impressive for Barrie Draper in the Racing Post Juvenile race.

In an excellent Ladbrokes sponsored Trainers Championship meeting at Yarmouth we finish 3rd behind Charlie Lister despite not winning any of the eight races. Some poor draws cost us vital points but a good effort nonetheless.

RPGTV goes 5 nights a week with the addition of Wednesdays and Sundays with the bookmaking firms who financially back the show stating how good it is for their turnover though, for most in the sport, it is a grey area as a large percentage of the bets struck go 'offshore' therefore nothing comes back into the game.

We again lead the TOTY table at the end of the month.

APRIL

Castlebride DanA good start to the month with some smart performances from our kennel, HOMETOWN HONEY flies around Romford in 35.15, CASTLEBRIDE DAN wins the Category 3 Cotton King Cup at Coventry in a smart 29.11 over 480m

GARRYGLASS RODGE makes the Category 1 Coral Golden Sprint Final at Romford unbeaten and GLANMIRE LAD joins him but both are beaten by Barrie Draper's Farloe Barracuda.

Glanmire Lad

Disaster strikes as CASTLEBRIDE DAN breaks down in the first round of the Pinpoint Arc at Swindon and X-rays the next day reveal a double fracture of the hock and he is retired. Not a great competition for us with BRIDGE RUTH just missing out on a place in the final when 4th in the semi.

We still head the table in the TOTY at the end of the month.

 

MAY

Sidaz Dippy

A good start to the month as JAZZ APOLLO wins the Category 3 Constable Cup at Coventry and JAZZ TILLY runs a blinder behind Hather George in the Category 1 Three Steps To Victory Trophy at Sheffield, SIDAZ DIPPY also runs out of her skin at 25/1 when a close up 3rd in the Category 1 Coral Regency at Hove behind favourite Fear Emoski.

 

Springdale Hawk RIP

We are boosted ahead of the William Hill Derby as BRIDGE HONCHO returns from injury to go inside the sprint track record and then a week later recorded a stunning 28.84 trial over four bends a length inside the 485m clock. We are set back as the lovely and in form SPRINGDALE HAWK is serously injured in a fall at Romford and has to be put to sleep (our only fatality in 2,000 + runners in 2013).

 

A great night at Yarmouth in the Great Ormond Street Charity meeting and wins for LIL RISKY and AAYAMZABELLA take us past the 100 open race winners mark.

The prestigious Category 3 Monmore Stud Book Trophy over 480m is won by BENKAAT BLUE in great style.

Darian StarDARIAN STAR is in great form and lands the Category 3 Rodney Magnet 1970 Trophy at Coventry over 485m.

We have nine entries in the William Hill Greyhound Derby at Wimbledon which has controversy as Barrie Draper, who has a very strong team, puts all his kennel's runners into one syndicate so they are guarded and can't be drawn against each other, a bending of the rules slightly but perfectly legitimate but slightly unsporting in many people's eyes.

Five of our entries qualify with GARRYGLASS RODGE the biggest talking point in the hottest heat of the round, going down by a short head when 33/1 from ante-post favourite Ballymac Eske with BRIDGE HONCHO just missing out in 4th. AAYAMZAMAN, BRIDGE RUTH, GLANMIRE LAD are all first round casualties as well and at the end of the month our TOTY lead is cut slightly.

JUNE

Carkei MaxAll five of our Derby entries qualify safely from the 2nd Round with GARRYGLASS RODGE winning well in 28.70 and joining CARKEI MAX, BENKAAT NERO, REEL TRICKYONE, BENKAAT BLUE in the 3rd round but only CARKEI MAX survives to make it to the quarter-finals when he splits the eventual Derby winner Sidaz Jack and runner up Airlie Impact in a great 3rd round heat.

Benkaat Nero

 

Sadly our Derby campaign and reign as champion ended there in the quarter-final when CARKEI MAX ran well but was eliminated.

 

 

Not the best run of form from our kennel and there is a new leader in the TOTY title at the end of the month as Charlie Lister moves ahead of us after Sidaz Jack's Derby triumph.

JULY

Our popular 5 To Follow competition begins with a record 297 entries.

PlanningA very poor run of form where most of our kennel seems to be running below par is compounded by a wrist injury for GARRYGLASS RODGE in a trial at Sunderland in preparation for the William Hill Festival. HOMETOWN HONEY and JAZZ TILLY land their heats in the William Hill Grand Prix.

Three heat winners BENKAAT NERO, REEL TRICKYONE and PLANNING in the Category 2 Henlow Gold Cup and a return to the winning podium for BRIDGE HONCHO spark a bit of a return to form for the kennel.

Jazz TillyJAZZ TILLY is knocked over in the semi's of the Grand Prix but HOMETOWN HONEY qualifies for the final when 2nd in her semi. PLANNING and BENKAAT NERO make it through to the Henlow Gold Cup final but are convincingly beaten by the flying Airport Captain.

 

DARIAN STAR also makes the Category 2 Lady Godiva Final at Coventry but is outclassed in a hot race.

 

HOMETOWN HONEY thrills us with a superb run in the £15,000 to the winner William Hill Grand Prix final dead heating with Ted Soppit's Calzaghe Lilly landing our first Category 1 of 2013.

A good end to the month with veteran LIL RISKY qualifying for the Category 1 Peterborough Derby Final and BRIDGE HONCHO making the Category 1 Coral Sussex Cup Final but disaster strikes as GLANMIRE LAD breaks his hock when leading a hot 400m race at Romford and his short but very good career is over.

REEL TRICKYONE lands the Category 3 Coral On TV Maiden Stayers final to end an up and down month where we managed to regain our lead in the TOTY table.

AUGUST

Lil RiskyLIL RISKY is 4th valiantly trying to defend his Peterborough Derby title and BRIDGE HONCHO is also 4th in a warm Coral Sussex Cup final.

LIL RISKY's brilliant career comes to an end as he is retired, in total he won 46 times (45 opens) from 104 races.

August then turns into a bit of a nightmare as leading owner Mark Currell announces that he is taking a break from the sport.

Injuries hit us hard as open racers BENKAAT NERO, BARAN BUGATTI, BENKAAT BOY and PLANNING are all lame and the kennel strength is depleated as CARKEI MAX and AAYAMZALAD are sold out the kennel.

A disappointing Champion Stakes ends with BRIDGE RUTH taking a crashing fall in the semi-finals and from a strong entry we end up without a finalist. Chris Allsopp hits the front in the TOTY and we are being written off and sponsors Ladbrokes push us out to 8/1 for the title.

SEPTEMBER

Blonde Reagan

Assistant Trainer Gary Crathern leaves the kennel for pastures new after a long absence through illness and we wish him well in the future.

Time to fight back against the odds and BLONDE REAGAN runs an absolute blinder trying to defend his TV Trophy crown. Despite being an 18/1 shot he is a gallant runner up to favourite Musical Gaga giving our kennel a big lift.

 

Bridge Ruth

BRIDGE RUTH and her owner Peter Bridges at last get a bit of luck as she romps home by 7 1/2 lengths in the Category 2 Brighton Belle at Hove in a stunning 29.44 calc, the fastest time ever recorded in the events history.

BRIDGE HONCHO ran brilliantly to finish 3rd in the East Anglian Derby Final that surprisingly had no Charlie Lister runner in it. Our open racers are starting to pick up well and the winners are flowing.

JAZZ APOLLO superbly wins his retirement race at Hove a perfect way to end his brilliant career.

BLONDE BOBBY (renamed Adageo Bob) and BLONDE RAZOR are snapped up by owners Dick and Ann Barfoot after coming on our website for sale and BLONDE RAZOR records a 35.47 Maiden Stayers win at Romford.

Despite a good month we slip to 3rd in the TOTY battle as Paul Young takes over the lead.

 

OCTOBER

A busy open race schedule sees BRIDGE RUTH make the final of the Angel Of The North Oaks in the William Hill Festival at Newcastle but is knocked over again in the final when favourite but better news on the night as an in form AAYAMZABELLA smashes the Marathon clock in a supporting race.

BLONDE REAGAN wins the semi-final the Kent St Leger at Crayford in good style but is well beaten in the final by ex kennel mate Aayamzalad prompting the retirement of another one of the kennels high profile stars.

Blonde Razor

BRIDGE BANDIT runs well to make the Category 1 Kent St Leger at Sittingbourne but only finishes 5th. On the supporting card there are impressive wins for BLONDE RAZOR over six bends and AAYAMZABELLA smashes another Marathon clock.

A blow as a tired looking BRIDGE HONCHO is knocked out the Olympic at the first round stage.

 

Paul Young, Chris Allsopp and Charlie Lister are all flying with Charlie leading the TOTY battle, we are hanging on to their shirt tails 60 points behind.

NOVEMBER

ADAGEO BOB looks the bargain buy of the year as on the way to a six timer he lands the Category 1 British Breeders Stakes final worth £8,000 at Nottingham in dramatic style just collaring long time leader Hadrians Wall right on the line to win by the shortest margin. The win means we are right back in the TOTY battle, there are now only 11 points separating the top 4 trainers.

Aayamzabella

The William Hill St Leger and the Olympic at Hove look crucial to the destination of the Trainers title but BLONDE RAZOR and AAYAMZABELLA are eliminated in the semi-final and JAZZ TILLY is knocked out also in the semi's of the Olympic.

Our TOTY chances are dealt a severe blow as Charlie Lister has the 1-2-3 in the St Leger while Paul Young wins the Puppy Derby on the same night and lands a 1-2-3 in the Olympic and we fall over 100 points behind the pair prompting me to state in the press we are out of the running unless we win two of the three remaining Category 1's left in the year. We are out to 25/1 with sponsors Ladbrokes with a little over six weeks of the season left.

BRIDGE HONCHO gives us that glimmer of hope by going unbeaten through the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham winning the final in stunning style in a flying 29.29 giving owner Peter Bridges a first individual Category 1 winner. We are now 53 points behind leaders.

We now have to win the Coral Essex Vase at Romford but it doesn't start well as favourite BLONDE RAZOR is knocked out in the first round. BRIDGE RUTH wins her heat in good style but is eliminated in the semi's when drawn in the dreaded 1 box from the 575m starting traps. REEL TRICKYONE beats kennelmate ADAGEO BOB in the fastest of the three semi's to get us buzzing but Charlie a Lister also qualifies two finalists in a rare visit to the Essex track.

Murlens CrashLong time kennelhand Cheryl Tillet leaves the kennel with our best wishes to help partner and former assistant trainer Patrick Janssens in his increasingly busy business.

AERO TWIZZLE a promising talent is knocked out the Category 2 Crayford Rose Bowl in the first round which is a real blow but MURLENS CRASH sneaks through to the final.

The TOTY title looks between the three of us as Chris Allsopp falls well behind.

DECEMBER

Skips Special

The all important Coral Essex Vase final night is not going quite to plan as a few of our stars are beaten despite SKIPS SPECIAL winning the opening race. The night starts to improve with wins for BRIDGE RUTH in a blistering 34.72 the second ever fastest time recorded at the track and HOMETOWN HONEY scores well over 750m.

 

 

Now for the big one if Charlie wins with one of his two the Championship is as good as over. Step forward REEL TRICKYONE who cracks out the traps and beats the favourite Hather George for Charlie to the bend and ADAGEO BOB shows blistering pace to move pastHather George into second but both can't get to REEL TRICKYONE and he holds on to beat kennelmate ADAGEO BOB in a blistering 34.84 the fastest ever time in the history of the event to give the kennel an emotional and joyous 1-2. In landing the victory REEL TRICKYONE wins our 50th Category 1 success in the history of our kennel and with the results from earlier on in the night we have amazingly hit the front of the TOTY by 2 pointts.

Reel Trickyone
Reel Trickyone wins the Coral Essex Vase
50th Category 1 win for Imperial Kennels

A few days later an unexpected victory by MURLENS CRASH in the Category 2 Crayford Rose Bowl adds another crucial 20 points to our Championship total.

The last Category 1 event the ECC Timber Oaks and the Category 2 ECC Timber Laurels is underway at Belle Vue and we can only sit back and watch proceedings as our rivals Charlie Lister and Paul Young are well represented.

Aero TwizzleThe Laurence Jones Memorial Festival kicks off with four Category 2 events
and it really looks as if it's damage limitation time as our rivals look stronger than us. HOMETOWN HONEY scores a great victory over Farloe Tango in the heats of the 684m comp and BENKAAT BOOMER qualifies in the Puppy 480m event. BRIDGE HONCHO also qualifies in the 480m Standard heats but disaster strikes as he is lame when he returns to the kennel. An x-ray the next day reveals a hairline fracture of the tibia and another one of our stars is retired. AERO TWIZZLE scores good points for us winning his heat of the National Sprint at Nottingham.

The next night ADAGEO BOB wins his heat of the Category 2 Boylesports Golden Muzzle at Coventry and BRIDGE RUTH qualifies when second in her heat but double disaster as Ruth is also lame and has the same injury as her brother and is also forced into retirement. Without a doubt the fastest bitch I have ever trained at Imperial Kennels.

The Lawrence Jones Memorial at Monmore finals later that week didn't prove too costly for us despite Charlie Lister's Farloe Tango reversing form with HOMETOWN HONEY to win the 684m event and our lead was still in tact as we approach the last two weeks of the year.

A pivotal night three days before the Oaks and Laurels finals. AERO TWIZZLE lands his semi-final of the National Sprint and ADAGEO BOB wins his semi of the Golden a Muzzle while HOMETOWN HONEY completes a glorious treble by winning her heat of the Tony Byerley Mercury Trophy.

Charlie Lister now had to win the Oaks with Silverview Pinky to overtake our 39 point lead and Paul Young had to have a 1-2 in the Laurels to hold any chance of landing a first TOTY title but both came away empty handed while REEL TRICKYONE landed the semi-final of the Category 2 Henlow Cesarewitch. With more points guaranteed in three Category 2 finals a 5th Trainer Of The Year title was almost assured with just 10 days of the year left!

Ilewin AllotHOMETOWN HONEY lands Tony Byerley Mercury Trophy at Romford in great style and we have two semi-final winners at Henlow in the Category 2 Xmas Cracker with ILEWIN ALLOT and MURLENS CRASH and SKIPS SPECIAL also qualify for the final guaranteeing us plenty of points.

With the TOTY title in the bag AERO TWIZZLE finishes 5th in the National Sprint at Nottingham and ADAGEO BOB is 3rd in the Golden Muzzle at Coventry.

 

A brilliant end to the year is complete as REEL TRICKYONE lands the Category 2 Henlow Cesarewitch in great style and what a month it has been for owner Chris Richards and his pride and joy.

A fairy tale finish doesn't quite happen as all three of our Henlow Xmas Cracker finalists get tangled up at the first bend and finish out the first two. What an end to the year! And in the end who could have predicted we would finish 76 points ahead of our nearest rival!

 

 

MAJOR RACES WON IN 2013

Category 2 - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford - BRIDGE BANDIT - £2,000

Category 3 - Cotton King Cup - Coventry - CASTLEBRIDE DAN - £1,000

Category 3 - Constable Cup - Coventry - JAZZ APOLLO - £1,000

Category 3 - Truframe Greyhound Stud Book Trophy - Monmore -BENKAAT BLUE - £2,500

Category 3 - Rodney Magnet 1970 Trophy - Coventry - DARIAN STAR - £1,000

CATEGORY 1 - WILLIAM HILL GRAND PRIX - Sunderland - HOMETOWN HONEY - (dead heat) £15,000 (+ £3,000 runner up) split to £9,000 each

Category 3 - Coral On TV Maiden Stayers - Romford - REEL TRICKYONE - £750

Category 2 - Coral Brighton Belle - Hove - BRIDGE RUTH - £2,500

CATEGORY 1 - BRITISH BREEDERS STAKES - Nottingham - ADAGEO BOB - £8,000

CATEGORY 1 - BETFRED ECLIPSE - Nottingham - BRIDGE HONCHO - £8,000

CATEGORY 1 - CORAL ESSEX VASE - Romford - REEL TRICKYONE - £10,000

Category 2 - Crayford Rose Bowl - Crayford - MURLENS CRASH - £2,000

Category 3 - Tony Byerley Mercury Trophy - Romford - HOMETOWN HONEY - £750

Category 2 - Henlow Cesarewitch - Henlow - REEL TRICKYONE - £2,500

 

 

MOST WINS IN 2013

1st - ADAGEO BOB (15)

2nd - BRIDGE RUTH (13)

3rd - AAYAMZABELLA.(12)

4th - HOMETOWN HONEY (11)

 


WEBSITE TOP PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR

OPEN RACING

1st - REEL TRICKYONE (8)

2nd - AAYAMZABELLA (4)
AYAMZAMAN (4)

4th - BRIDGE BANDIT (3)
HOMETOWN HONEY (3)
BRIDGE HONCHO (3)
ADAGEO BOB (3)

GRADED

1st - ILEWIN ALLOT (4)
HILLCROSS DAKOTA (4)

3rd - HILLCROSS DALLAS (3)
ILEWIN FRIMLEY (3)
HILLCROSS MIAMI (3)
HILLCROSS KANSAS (3)

 

IMPERIAL KENNELS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

BRIDGE HONCHO

(Betfred Eclipse Final - Nottingham)

 



IMPERIAL KENNELS GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR

BRIDGE RUTH

 

 

WEBSITE 5 TO FOLLOW COMPETITION

1st - JIMS DOGS 1 ..................... 348 pts

2nd - TEAM BLONDE 1................ 342 pts

3rd - CLARKY'S ALL STARS 4.......... 335 pts
- CATHLINGOA ........................... 335 pts


STAFF 5 TO FOLLOW COMPETITION

1st - SID .............................. 325 pts

2nd - TASH .......................... 294 pts

3rd - MARK ........................ 290 pts

 

WEBSITE 5 TO FOLLOW TOP SCORING DOGS

1st - ADAGEO BOB............ 123 pts

2nd - AERO TWIZZLE .......... 97 pts

3rd - REEL TRICKYONE...... ..82 pts

4th - HOMETOWN HONEY ... 81pts

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